SEX EDUCATION -THE NEED OF THE HOUR?
There are some issues pending with the government. The solution could not be found for them due to many setbacks. For example, implementing Mandal Commission Recommendations, revealing the Jain Commission Report, Ram Sethu issue, Separation of Telengana State and the like. Such unanswered issues are called “Pandora Box.” A box containing all evils in the world! If opened, it would be a never ending problem, but give a backfire! This name Pandora Box is figuring in the Greek Mythology.
Among the list, there is one: incorporating sex education in the schools. This topic was debated and discussed for over 20 years. But no solution is found yet, because of the complications involved in it. There are deep divisions between the masses. While one section welcomes it, another puts a barrier. Is it the need of the hour? It may be considered in schools where one gender only studies and not in the co-education schools. That would be embarrassing to the girl students and their parents.
Those who welcome it say that it is to raise an awareness about how the gullible girls are sexually exploited and thereby, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STD) and AIDS.
Now this topic emerges once again. The newly elected Chennai city mayor was quoted as saying that the proposal to incorporate sex education is on the anvil.
He said the Chennai Corporation has pressed into service about 42 ward members to visit the schools in Chennai to seek opinion poll from the teachers and the students, as well. These members would counsel directly with the students. Similarly, women members from Chennai AIDS Control & Prevention Society would talk to teenage girls as how some young girls were sexually abused and became pregnant. The members would counsel the girls about this social-ill which may be embarrassing to the parents to discuss with their own children.
Let us wait and watch if these initiatives would serve its purposes. Writer Warhol had said, “Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.”